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Willie's Locally Known

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805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508
+1 859-281-1116
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11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Go to Willie's!

Love this place. I go there about once a week for the amazing food, great music and laid back atmosphere. The entire menu is terrific but I am addicted to the barbecue cheese fries with brisket. You can't go wrong with any of the menu choices. Catfish, ribs, chicken and waffles, wings, bread... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Regina D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Love this place. I go there about once a week for the amazing food, great music and laid back atmosphere. The entire menu is terrific but I am addicted to the barbecue cheese fries with brisket. You can't go wrong with any of the menu choices. Catfish, ribs, chicken and waffles, wings, bread pudding, mac and cheese...

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Hillsdale, Michigan, United States
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Excellent food and great service. The setup of the tables needs a little work. Felt a little claustrophobic sitting between the risers on the wall and the table. But it was worth the food and the local brews.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

As other reviewers wrote, this is not your better part of town, that being said I like to eat local and we needed to get back on the road. I would have given it a better review but I had to reorder 3 times. I wanted Collard Green and Ho Cakes. 1st out of Bacon for the greens; going to... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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80 reviews 80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place has the best wings but stay away from the stupid sauce, or if the curiosity is killing you, get it in the side! Always a good time, even though it may look a little shady from the outside.

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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167 reviews 167 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Every time we pass through Lexington, we always stop here to hear the local bands playing. Usually we'll arrive later in the evening after visiting the couple of local breweries in town so we've never tried the food. They're always sold out of food by the time we arrive, which I think is a sign of good BBQ.

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Huntington, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

When we arrived, we wondered if Siri had lead us wrong or if maybe they weren't open anymore. We were wrong. The place is located in a dingy part of Lexington but it's truly a diamond in the rough. We were the first people in for the day for brunch and we sat at one of the copper topped tables.... More 

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PADOVA
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88 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Not far away from the downtown center there is this small bar/BBQ restaurant, not much parking space in front but don't expect valet here. Everything is as it should be: wooden floor, wooden walls, wooden counters, good tap beers, a wide choice of BBQ sandwiches and burghers, fries. Some news coming from the appetizer list; there you find the green... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I'm a huge foodie, so begin the new year, my brother and I decided to spend the first two days eating as much food as we could. And we wanted some good barbecue. So we came to Willie's from friends recommendations. And we weren't disappointed! We ordered wings and the bbq pork sandwich. The wings were good, above average for... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Willie's is not my top pick when I think BBQ, but they are if I want something so hot it's stupid...hence their stupid sauce. I tried a wing with their signature stupid sauce, and as soon as the wing touched my lips they were on fire! I was applying Blistex for the rest of the day, not to mention drinking... More 

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

First Time in Lexington. Ask the Hotel clerk where to go to hear music on a Sunday nite. Yes, Sunday Night. Willie's Locally Known, of course. I pull up about 7:30pm. Not many spots to park, glad I got there early. Enter the bar, have pretty mush my choice of seats. Sit down near the stage, not too close. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 am

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